Interesting Facts about the Sacramento – Norvegian English worded version
Sacramento – Norvegian English worded version was sung as a capstan anchor shanty, especially when raising the “mud-hook”.
Stan Hugill has given us a funny story about an uncensored, Norwegian version of this song. It is a conversation of old Norwegian sailors:
‘Do you remember how the Norwegian version of this shanty went?’
‘I do, but… it is too horrible! What we sang is now better forgotten!’
‘yes, that is so, … Let’s give Wergland’s bowdlerized version instead …’
Unfortunately, Stan Hugill Did not provide more verses, to this great song.
The source of this sea shanty
The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 107).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 113).
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The full lyrics
Sacramento (Norvegian English worded version)
Now we are leaving here, shipmate,
– Ota Hayti, Ota Hayti!
Soon shall we see the Golden Gate,
– In the Ota Hayti, ho!
– Blow, boys, blow for Californio,
– There is plenty of gold, so I am told,
– On the banks of Sacramento.
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Oh heave and weigh the anchor light!
The flying-fish is swimming tight.
Related to this sea shanty
Bound for the Rio Grande (Cecil Sharp Version)